Guide to applying for a building consent
Building consent process 10-step guide.
Guide to applying for a resource consent
If you plan to rebuild, you may need a resource consent if:
Follow our Resource consent process 10-step guide.
Help with your application
We have set up a specific process for building consent and resource consent applications for properties that need repairs due to flood and cyclone damage.
This process is available to both insured and uninsured property owners.
If you need help with this process, and you are a property owner with a red or yellow placard, you can speak to your allocated case manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your application with our planning team.
If you email us, we recommend you:
- include the words 'flood' or 'cyclone', the property address and the colour of the property placard in the subject line
- attach any relevant photographs and consultant reports.
The fast-track process does not relax consenting requirements. All repairs will be subject to relevant building code and resource management requirements.
Standard fees apply for any resource or building consent application.
Actual charges depend on:
- the scale of the proposed remedial works
- any impacts of ongoing hazards relating to the property.
See Building consent fees and charges
and Resource consent fees and deposits (plus notices of requirement and private plan change requests).
Why we have building and planning rules
We are responsible for ensuring significant building work
- is safe
- is durable
- is sustainable
- poses no health and safety risks to users.
Learn more about Why we have building and planning rules.
Building work you can do yourself
When you rebuild it is important to find out what Building work you can do yourself and when you need a qualified professional.
Altering an existing building
If you need to alter an existing building, you must make sure it complies with the current building code.
See Altering an existing building for more details about the requirements.
Make a change to a building consent
You may need to ask for variations (changes) to consented work.
See Make a change to a building consent.
Amendment to your building consent
An amendment or 'major variation' is a significant change to your building plans that is still within the scope of your original consent. For example, you want to change part, or all, of the proposed cladding system.
See Apply for an amendment (major variation) to your building consent for more information.
A minor variation is needed when the work is minor in nature and does not affect compliance with the building code.
More information about rebuilding after a disaster